(A prayer for someone who hurts and needs to ask the Lord for help.)
A Prayer in Time of Trouble
102 I pray to you, Lord! Please listen. 2 Don’t hide from me in my time of trouble. Pay attention to my prayer and quickly give an answer.
3 My days disappear like smoke, and my bones are burning as though in a furnace. 4 I am wasting away like grass, and my appetite is gone. 5 My groaning never stops, and my bones can be seen through my skin. 6 I am like a lonely owl in the desert 7 or a restless sparrow alone on a roof.
8 My enemies insult me all day, and they use my name for a curse word. 9 Instead of food, I have ashes to eat and tears to drink, 10 because you are furious and have thrown me aside. 11 My life fades like a shadow at the end of day and withers like grass.
12 Our Lord, you are King forever and will always be famous. 13 You will show pity to Zion because the time has come. 14 We, your servants, love each stone in the city, and we are sad to see them lying in the dirt.
15 Our Lord, the nations will honor you, and all kings on earth will praise your glory. 16 You will rebuild the city of Zion. Your glory will be seen, 17 and the prayers of the homeless will be answered.
18 Future generations must also praise the Lord, so write this for them: 19 “From his holy temple, the Lord looked down at the earth. 20 He listened to the groans of prisoners, and he rescued everyone who was doomed to die.”
21 All Jerusalem should praise you, our Lord, 22 when people from every nation meet to worship you.
23 I should still be strong, but you, Lord, have made an old person of me. 24 You will live forever! Years mean nothing to you. Don’t cut my life in half!
25 In the beginning, Lord, you laid the earth’s foundation and created the heavens. 26 They will all disappear and wear out like clothes. You change them, as you would a coat, but you last forever. 27 You are always the same. Years cannot change you. 28 Every generation of those who serve you will live in your presence.
The Lord’s Wonderful Love
103 With all my heart I praise the Lord, and with all that I am I praise his holy name! 2 With all my heart I praise the Lord! I will never forget how kind he has been.
3 The Lord forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick, 4 and protects us from death. His kindness and love are a crown on our heads. 5 Each day that we live,[a] he provides for our needs and gives us the strength of a young eagle.
6 For all who are mistreated, the Lord brings justice. 7 He taught his Law to Moses and showed all Israel what he could do.
8 The Lord is merciful! He is kind and patient, and his love never fails. 9 The Lord won’t always be angry and point out our sins; 10 he doesn’t punish us as our sins deserve.
11 How great is God’s love for all who worship him? Greater than the distance between heaven and earth! 12 How far has the Lord taken our sins from us? Farther than the distance from east to west!
13 Just as parents are kind to their children, the Lord is kind to all who worship him, 14 because he knows we are made of dust. 15 We humans are like grass or wild flowers that quickly bloom. 16 But a scorching wind blows, and they quickly wither to be forever forgotten.
17 The Lord is always kind to those who worship him, and he keeps his promises to their descendants 18 who faithfully obey him.
19 God has set up his kingdom in heaven, and he rules the whole creation. 20 All of you mighty angels, who obey God’s commands, come and praise your Lord! 21 All of you thousands who serve and obey God, come and praise your Lord! 22 All of God’s creation and all that he rules, come and praise your Lord! With all my heart I praise the Lord!
The Lord Takes Care of His Creation
104 I praise you, Lord God, with all my heart. You are glorious and majestic, dressed in royal robes 2 and surrounded by light. You spread out the sky like a tent, 3 and you built your home over the mighty ocean. The clouds are your chariot with the wind as its wings. 4 The winds are your messengers, and flames of fire are your servants.
5 You built foundations for the earth, and it will never be shaken. 6 You covered the earth with the ocean that rose above the mountains. 7 Then your voice thundered! And the water flowed 8 down the mountains and through the valleys to the place you prepared. 9 Now you have set boundaries, so that the water will never flood the earth again.
10 You provide streams of water in the hills and valleys, 11 so that the donkeys and other wild animals can satisfy their thirst. 12 Birds build their nests nearby and sing in the trees. 13 From your home above you send rain on the hills and water the earth. 14 You let the earth produce grass for cattle, plants for our food, 15 wine to cheer us up, olive oil for our skin, and grain for our health.
16 Our Lord, your trees always have water, and so do the cedars you planted in Lebanon. 17 Birds nest in those trees, and storks make their home in the fir trees. 18 Wild goats find a home in the tall mountains, and small animals can hide between the rocks.
19 You created the moon to tell us the seasons. The sun knows when to set, 20 and you made the darkness, so the animals in the forest could come out at night. 21 Lions roar as they hunt for the food you provide. 22 But when morning comes, they return to their dens, 23 then we go out to work until the end of day.
24 Our Lord, by your wisdom you made so many things; the whole earth is covered with your living creatures. 25 But what about the ocean so big and wide? It is alive with creatures, large and small. 26 And there are the ships, as well as Leviathan,[b] the monster you created to splash in the sea.
27 All of these depend on you to provide them with food, 28 and you feed each one with your own hand, until they are full. 29 But when you turn away, they are terrified; when you end their life, they die and rot. 30 You created all of them by your Spirit, and you give new life to the earth.
31 Our Lord, we pray that your glory will last forever and that you will be pleased with what you have done. 32 You look at the earth, and it trembles. You touch the mountains, and smoke goes up. 33 As long as I live, I will sing and praise you, the Lord God. 34 I hope my thoughts will please you, because you are the one who makes me glad.
35 Destroy all wicked sinners from the earth once and for all. With all my heart I praise you, Lord! I praise you!
103.5Each. . . live: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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